The mango is a very attractive evergreen tree that grows well in most of Southern California where it produces large crops of tasty mango fruits. The growing season for mangos in Southern California is relatively short (except in the low elevation desert areas), and as a result early fruiting mango varieties are best.
Mangos like full sun in Southern California, and once established there they usually are fairly drought tolerant. Most mango varieties can withstand only a few degrees below freezing without damage.
There are two kinds of mangos; poly-embrionic and mono-embrionic. Poly-embrionic mangos grow true-to-type from seed, while mono-embrionic mangos seedlings are hybrids. Mono-embrionic mango varieties are usually propagated by grafting, while poly-embrionic mango varieties are grown from seed. In California, mango seedlings are much more vigorous and produce much larger crops in fewer years than grafted mangos.
Most grafted mangos grown in California are evergreen shrubs which commonly grow to about 15 feet tall. Mango seedlings in California grow into much larger trees and easily reach twice the size of grafted mangos in the same amount of time.
In coastal California, mangos flower in spring with fruits of early season varieties typically ripening in September thru November. The late season mango varieties varieties like "keitt" have a much later season in coastal California with fruits ripening after December. In the low elevation deserts of Southern California late season mango varieties like "keitt" ripen in September.
Depending on the variety, most mango fruit are highly prized when picked & eaten fresh off the tree. Mangos also freeze quite well, so they can be picked at maturity and frozen for later use.
Poly-embrionic mangos are usually propagated by seed, although grafted selections also are available. Mango seedlings grown in Southern California usually take 7 to 8 years to begin producing fruit.
There are dozens of varieties of mangos grown in California, some of the most popular are ataulfo mangos, glenn mangos, haden mangos, keitt mangos, kent mangos, manilla mangos, and valencia pride mangos. The espada mango and the tamaraca mango are some poly-embrionic mango varieties from Brazil that are early season varieties which can also be grown in southern California.
The espada mango is a poly-embrionic Brazilian mango variety that is a heavy producer of extra large fruit. The espada mango fruits become yellow when ripe.
The espada mango variety is very popular in Brazil for making mango juice because of its large size and tasty flavor.
Espada mango trees prefer full sun. Once established, the espada mango is fairly drought tolerant although regular watering is important during fruit developement for larger size fruit which can reach over 8 inches long. New growth has a reddish color which changes to a deep green within a few months.
The tamaraca mango is a poly-embrionic Brazilian mango variety that is a heavy producer of small to medium size fruit. The tamaraca mango is very popular in Brazil for eating out of hand right off the tree. It is yellow when ripe with moderate fiber and very spicy sweet flavor.
The ataulfo mango is a poly-embrionic mango variety. It grows into an upright tree that is a heavy producer of medium size fruit that hang in clusters.
The ataulfo mango is very popular for eating out of hand right off the tree. It has little fiber and sweet delicious flavor. The ataulfo mango becomes yellow when ripe.
The manilla mango is a poly-embrionic mango variety. It grows into an upright tree that is a heavy producer of medium to large size fruit that hang in clusters. Manilla mango seedlings grown in Southern California usually take about 7 years to begin producing fruit.
The manilla mango is very popular for eating out of hand right off the tree. It has yellow color when ripe with little fiber and very sweet flavor.
Mangos are easy to grow in Southern California, requiring very little maintenance for the growth of healthy, productive plants. Fruit size and quality depends mostly on adequate water supply at the time of fruit development.
Mangos should be watered regularly, but especially during bloom and fruit development. Most mangos have fairly good drought tolerance.
Mangos require very little pruning, just enough to keep an attractive shape.
We offer mango plants for sale in a variety of sizes ranging from 3 to 10 years old in several different varieties.
Our fresh picked medjool date program has been a huge success!
At certain times of year, we can ship orders for organically grown freshly picked medjool dates, as well as other date varieties and also organically grown mesquite seed pods. We also occasionally have a variety of other rare and exotic fruits that were grown organically and allowed to fully ripen on the tree.
Our fresh medjool dates are available in September-October each year.